Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Rick asks: Can you explain the difference between the domestic and international truck market? I’ve been overseas twice with the Air Force and it’s Toyota Hilux trucks as far as the eye can see. Some with 5 speed manuals and diesel engines. It just seems to me that the international market gets all of the fun quirky cars, even if they are domestic manufacturers. Thank you for continuing to fight for Freedom and Liberty.
My reply: It’s pretty straightforward . . . many of the vehicles that are available outside the U.S. do not “comply” with various federal ukase, such as “emissions” (as regards the diesel HiLux for example) or “safety” – which by the way has nothing to do with whether a vehicle is safe but rather whether it complies with the multitude of federal requirements pertaining to such things as side-impact/roof crush crash test standards. A vehicle that does not “comply” with these standards isn’t more likely to crash or in any way unroadworthy. It simply doesn’t “comply” with the current standards. Under the current standards, a 2000 Mercedes S-Class would not “comply.” Is the 2000 S-Class an “unsafe” car? Of course it isn’t. It is in fact a far safer car to be in if you crash than, say, a new Hyundai Accent. But the Accent (which isn’t “unsafe,” either) is “compliant” with the current ukase while the ’00 Benz isn’t.
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